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Rattlesnake Plantains

Rattlesnake plantains get their name from their rosette of broad, egg-shaped leaves, which are similar in shape to those of plantain, a common lawn weed. Although they are called plantains, they are actually orchids.  There are four species of rattlesnake plantains in New England, and the differences between them are subtle.  The pictured checkered rattlesnake plantain (Goodyera tesselata) has leaves with soft green markings, whereas the other three species have silver-white central stripes and/or markings.  Sometimes the species hybridize, making identification challenging.